Some of us in the blogoaksphere have been slacking off a bit on keeping up with Oakland news on a daily basis so I was pleased to hear from dto510 that we have two new excellent online news sources covering Oakland.
With support from the Ford Foundation, graduate student reporters at the School are creating a group of focused news outlets that will each concentrate on a different part of the Bay Area. Our goals are to improve local coverage, experiment with online and digital media, and listen to you–about the stories and features that most interest you, the issues that concern you, the information services you want, and the reporting you’d like to see undertaken in your own community.
Oakland North, predictably, covers news primarily in North Oakland, though they cover some citywide issues as well. East Bay West Online covers West Oakland and West Berkeley stories. Both sites have already produced excellent stories that I have not seen reported elsewhere. I especially enjoyed Samson Reiny’s article about bicyclists on College Avenue, which I think fairly depicted the problems bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers face in this congested area.
I’m really into the design of both sites, and I especially like Oakland North’s logo:
Though I’m not a Twitter user myself, East Bay West Online’s Twitter feed is a great and useful feature. Both sites however could use a more complete blogroll though, and they should at the very least link to each other!
Nitpicking complaints aside, I couldn’t be much more excited about these two new additions to the Oakland news world. With local newspapers consolidating and laying off staff left and right, it’s reassuring to know that the Ford Foundation and UC Berkeley are stepping in to fill in the gap of local news. Now, if only we could get a project like this started in Sacramento.